I’m sure that this build will surprise a few of you, knowing that my stash and build list is 90% Chevy, but there’s a story and a personal connection here. This will be a nostalgia and “In Memoriam” build for me.
About 45 years ago my father asked me to help him build a new model kit that he had just bought. Up until then I had just sat and watched as he built and hand-painted his truck models, occasionally I was allowed to sort out the sprues or even trim some parts off. When he put this kit on the bench and asked me to cut the seals and open it up, I was over the moon! This was the first kit that I actually played a major role in building, I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember it was white with a red interior, the doors opened and the wheels turned and I was in heaven! Where it ended up I have no idea, lost over time as my parents moved house, divorced etc.
I have been looking around for this kit for years now (at the right price that is!), to have another go at it, and thanks to a Facebook Buy/Swap/Sell group, I found this about 12 months ago and stashed it away.
Most of the parts are off the sprues, but from what I can see it is complete, unstarted and undamaged.
I am aware of the inaccuracies and problems, I believe that it was originally a Renwall kit from the mid-60’s, but I am just so happy to have one in the stash now.
My father passed away on September 11, 2017. The cancer finally won the battle after many years of ups and downs. My plan is to make a start on building the kit on this coming September 11, and finish it 12 months later on the fifth anniversary of his passing. All I will do in the meantime is a full inventory of parts to confirm what is there, and to see what I might be up against.
As you can see, a lot of the parts are off the sprues, but nothing major seems to be missing. The clear parts and rubber tyres are still in their original sealed bags and look to be undamaged and undeteriorated.
I will do some searching for build reviews and information online and build a picture of possible trouble spots. From what I have read already there are some major inaccuracies, especially in the engine bay, but this project is not about building a precise replica.
Part 2 of my nostalgia trip will be over on Aeroscale. The first kit that my father bought for me to go solo on was the Airfix Short Stirling in 1/72 scale. We went to see the original Midway movie when it was released in the mid-70’s, and that sparked an interest in WWII aircraft that hasn’t dulled to this day.
I managed to pick up a pre-loved unstarted kit in the original boxing from when I first built it, and I can’t wait to get started on both of these classics!